October 10, 1956 ~ November 29, 2019

Born in: , California
Resided in: Fremont, California

Robert Christopher, “Chris,” Housden Sr., passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019, at home, surrounded by his beloved family in Fremont, California. He was 63 years old.

A Memorial Service will be held on December 7, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels in Fremont, and a Burial Service will be held on December 14, 2019, in Lake Tahoe. Time for the Burial Service is pending.

Chris is survived by his wife of 31 years, Gayle Jean Housden, his two children, Robert Christopher Housden Jr. and Rachel Victoria Housden; his siblings, Catherine, Michael, and Beth; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Pat Housden, and his brother Scott Housden.

Chris’s family and friends loved his wry wit and his mischievous nature. Though seemingly quiet to the outside world, those who knew him were delighted by his sense of humor and forthright manner. You knew where you stood with Chris, and to be loved and accepted by him was to be a part of a precious inner circle where the wisecracks were many and the laughter was frequent.

His was a life well-lived, and he poured himself into the love and care of his family, despite the many challenges of illness. He loved spending time in Lake Tahoe and with his entire extended family every year at Christmas time. In his passing, those who loved him will remember fondly a man of character and integrity, whose priorities were solid, and whose passions were centered in the circle of family. The lives he touched were profoundly impacted, and his passing will leave behind a strong legacy of faith and love.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Furry Friends Rescue.



The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Robert Christopher Housden Sr.'s name.

American Cancer Society

1599 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA
(800) 227-2345

Memories Timeline


  1. CandleChris is remembered fondly from high school. He was always quiet and had a mischievous smile. He was tall and then with a heart of gold. Rest In please Chris

  2. I remember Chris as “Catey’s” big brother with a wonderful sense of humor. My heart goes out to all who loved him.

  3. I remember Chris well from childhood. We went to school and graduated together from Trona High School. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing but so touched and happy to hear of the life and family he built after leaving Trona.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family he treasured.

  4. CandleAlthough we didn’t see each other much, I knew I could always count on Uncle Chris for a witty comment when we did get to visit. I know he will be missed by all. I wish we could be there to say goodbye. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

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